Urban planning, sprawl, “smart growth”, and land use are issues that touch on the core issues that I find captivating. Thus I am always pleased to find thorough, logical discussions and analyses. Jane Galt’s post from Monday on smart growth is a good general discussion of the topic. I also found the comments generally edifying and informative.
One thing that the post and comments did not discuss, though, that I think is an important part of the smart growth story is road pricing as an alternative to either congested freeways or increased public transportation. I’m not the expert on this subject, but Bob Poole is, as seen in the content of Reason’s Surface Transportation Resource Center.
Transparent pricing of scarce resources, including highway capacity, creates efficiency, value and opportunity.
UPDATE: There is a related post, full of good links, at the Heritage Foundation’s policy weblog.